Guardian article: The eternal Intern? No Thanks

Rachel Bowen has written an article for the Guardian on her internship experiences.

As my European experience draws to an end and I reflect on my year as an intern, I can only feel angry that despite gaining valuable experience, I appear to be as unemployable as when I graduated last summer. I am not doubting the value of internships – I know I have learned useful skills and more about my own capabilities in the past year than I did in 16 years of education, and I am immensely grateful to all the people who have given me a chance to prove myself and provided an insight into different careers. What I am concerned about is that internships are simply seen as another hoop for already debt-ridden graduates to jump through and that, although they may lead to higher future returns later in a career, from where I stand at the moment they seem to stall rather than launch that career.

But enough is enough; I have made a promise to myself that my days as an intern are over. I am no longer prepared, and I cannot afford, to let my skills be exploited for free. I am ready for a real challenge, real responsibility and perhaps most important, a real salary …

I’d be interested to know if her frustration is shared by other interns- let us know!

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1 Response to “Guardian article: The eternal Intern? No Thanks”


  1. 1 Ophelia 01/14/2010 at 11:09 pm

    I definitely feel your pain! I have done internship after internship and they all seem to lead to only one thing… Another internship!

    I decided I could either cry about it or blog about it! I got together with two girlfriends to document our interning experiences. We call ourselves The Eternal Interns. Check out our blog at http://the-eternal-intern.blogspot.com/

    Ophelia (An Eternal Intern)


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